Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Denying that Anger Exists in Your Life - Notes from the Jillian Michaels Show - 11/24/12


A lot of people, especially women, deny it.  Women tend to internalize it, and men tend to externalize it.  Anger is a normal human emotion.  You should have feelings of anger.  It's what you do with it that matters.  People worry that they'll destroy people if they express their anger, so they suppress their anger.  You're not going to kill anyone with your feelings.  Acknowledge that you have these feelings and let them breathe.  Sit with your feelings for a moment, and your fear of the feelings will go away.

Ways to Handle Your Anger

  • Go to the gym.  Take a boxing class or a cross fit class.  Go for a run.
  • Write a letter.  Don't do it on email.  Write a hand-written letter.  It takes the edge off and allows you to think rationally.  Then, identify the causes of the anger and come up with ways to deal with the anger.
  • If you can't be constructive, go back to your ways to get the anger out.
  • Think through your impulsive response.  Condition yourself to do it.
  • Anger is feelings that are not being communicated.  
  • If it seems like way to much to handle, get some counseling.

Jillian puts three or four workouts on a solo DVD so you don't do the same thing over and over again.  If you always do the same thing, you can plateau or get injured.  Body Revolution is ideal because you rest the muscle for two days before you train it again.  On the single DVDs, she tries to mix it up too.

  • Don't take a NSAID.  It's the worst for recovery.  They inhibit your body's ability to repair itself. They're great for pain, but terrible for your body and recovery.  It's also bad for your liver, kidney, stomach.
  • Ice immediately after you train to reduce inflammation.  Janice thinks this would be especially bad for men.
  • Massage - Ten minutes of massage immediately after a workout has been shown to have the best recovery results.  If you don't have a masseuse, get a foam roller and roll it out.  It hurts, but it really helps the recovery.
  • Ginger - Eat an ounce of ginger an hour before and after you train.  Fresh ginger, or the ginger chews you can find on Amazon.
Getting Back On Track

Jillian took a call from a lovely young lady who is about to lose her father.  She's been taking care of her family, and has let her health go.  She wants to know how she can get back on track. 

The way to maintain your weight is to create balance.  If you create a 3000 calorie deficit, you get to eat 3000 calories if you aren't trying to lose weight.  Just don't eat Doritos.  Eat good foods.

Feel good hormones will come from workouts.  Smoking will be contradictory to the behavior of working out.  Find ways to distract yourself that are life-affirming instead of self-destructing.

The American Cancer Society website has quitting smoking strategies on the website.  They may have a hotline too.  See which strategy seems more palatable to you.

Nurture yourself and take care of yourself.

Fitness for Kids

You want kids to work with their own body weight.  You don't want them to lift weights.  Play outside, hike, go to the playground, chase them around.  Keep it fun.

Shoes - little kicks!  K-Swiss has shoes for little kids.

I did my best to compile these notes from the show.  If there are any errors, please send me an email, and I'll try to correct it as soon as possible.  I am not a doctor, personal trainer, dietician, or anything that would remotely qualify me to give advice about health, medicine, or anything else.  Please consult a professional before following any advice.  This site is a summary of information provided on the Jillian Michaels Podcast that was compiled to the best of my ability.  I am not responsible for any inaccuracies or errors.

Photo from Empowered Media/ITunes.

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